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Draft Profile: Julio Jones

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Find out more about this potential first rounder for the Browns, junior WR Julio Jones out of Alabama, his strengths, weaknesses, and more... after the jump. 

Julio Jones - WR - Alabama

Ht: 6-4, Wt: 220 lbs. Projected 40: 4.50

College Statistics

YEAR

REC

YDS

AVG

LNG

TD

RUSH

YDS

AVG

LNG

TD

2008

58

924

15.9

64

4

0

0

0.0

0

0

2009

43

596

13.9

73

4

2

4

2.0

5

0

2010

78

1133

14.5

68

7

8

135

16.9

56

2

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Strengths

At 6 foot - 4 inches and completely ripped, this guy has the ideal size and tone you want in a wide receiver. This gives him the strength and power to be very good off the line and to fight off any press coverage. But he can also take advantage of any space the CB is willing to give him. Now, while he lacks huge top end speed and super quick burst, he still has exceptional speed for his size and will burn any DBs when he gets behind them. My personal favorite thing about Jones is that in addition to his receiving ability, he can block with the best of them. He is a beast of a downfield blocker. Having played in the Alabama system with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, running was a priority. Jones still managed to collect solid yards, but also had the work ethic to develop the blocking. He will also run off corners and can sell the play-action, all of which I’d love to see on the Browns. Last, and probably least, he's shown he can take advantage of running opportunities too, if we keep the playbook open for some trick plays. 

Weaknesses

Sadly, this guy is still human. Jones has had some real inconsistencies with his hands. He can also lose focus when he "hears footsteps" which can be cause for some of the drops. His route running ability is still fairly raw too, but it’s been improving. He also lacks that DeSean Jackson type of speed and acceleration, but as I said before, he also has 45 pounds and 6 inches on Jackson. Julio Jones is still a very legitimate deep threat.

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My Take

I know I’m in the vast minority when I say this but, I’d actually rather have Julio Jones on the Browns over AJ Green. I’ll stick with the BPA philosophy, and hope Heckert picks the best guy still on the board, but I just think Jones is a perfect fit WR for our team. He was never the center of the offense at Bama but still played tremendously. It also leads me to believe that he doesn’t need to be the center of attention, and wouldn’t have that prima donna issue that seems to plague so many otherwise talented wide receivers. He once recorded 221 yards vs. Tennessee without scoring a single touchdown… no complaints from Jones. He’s just a very tough and physical receiver that isn’t afraid to dig in and do the dirty work, but is also a big play threat that the Browns desperately need. I really love this guy’s skill set and attitude, probably more so than anyone else in this draft.  

Browns (6th overall pick)

With some of the flaws at rather key areas for a WR, he simply may not be the BPA when we end up picking, but that’s up to Heckert, Holmgren and Shurmur to decide. We also have the option of trading down and taking Jones at a later pick, but I think that’s a lot less likely. I think, if we are to pick him, the only case will be if AJ Green is already off the board, and Holmgren is set on getting an offensive weapon. It is worth noting that under Heckert's tenure at GM, the Eagles selected DeSean Jackson in '08 (2nd round) and Jeremy Maclin in '09 (1st round). Ultimately, if we pick Julio Jones in any case, I won’t be disappointed. It will mean that H&H saw enough in him to warrant the pick, and knowing their track record, that would definitely make me excited. That said however, it doesn’t mean I’m set on getting a WR or even Jones himself. As much as I like the guy and think he fits, I want us to take the BPA.

 

I’m happy with what I’ve seen from Julio Jones, and if Heckert has enough faith in him at 6th overall, go for it. Are these [short YouTube video] the kinds of highlights we can look forward to? 

[UPDATE] - I originally wrote this before the whole fallout with releasing our defensive players. This makes our holes in the front seven all the more gaping. I have a strong feeling this will affect the poll results. 

[UPDATE #2] - (fixed stats finally) - After watching several interviews with Jones throughout his collegiate career, a common theme was that he faced a lot of double teams after having that huge freshman season, then we see the dip in his sophomore stats, but breaks through again in his final season with the Tide. Another thing I noticed, was that his answers were always about getting better, working through it, and being prepared. I like that. 

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